Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that pride blocks the doorway and keeps the Lord out.
“As one on earth who loves another says, “Where you are is home,” so it is in relation with Me. Where I am is My Home — is Heaven.” -quoting directly from the message. The message goes on to say that Jesus can make His home in a sordid slum in a palace, but only with the humble heart. As I think about this message, I think about some people I’ve known. They need to appear affluent to their neighbors. They have this “keep up with the Joneses” malady. Without realizing it, they’ve banged the door shut on the Lord and opened it to all kinds of evil; all kinds of trouble. (James 3:16)
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is, indeed, freedom. There is Heaven. Peace, joy, love, and laughter can be found there. I don’t know if I’ve told this story before, but I know what it’s like to feed a multitude with just a little-and everyone had a feast. Heaven helps you turn a roast into stir fry for a dozen people on a moment’s notice. Love, which is what the Lord is, changes the atmosphere from one of, “Oh, no! Now what!?” – to “Oh, wow, it’s so good to see you!” And with all sincerity, too.
We often mistake humility for something unsavory. Humble circumstances, a humble abode…contrary to popular worldly opinion, lowliness is not low living. It is, in fact, elevated and abundant living right there in whatever circumstances you are. That’s one of the joys of being a child of God. God is a Creator, we are created in His image. Therefore, we are creators, filled with creativity. We have only to tap into it. You don’t have the headaches and ulcers that come with trying to keep up with the Joneses, and trying to put on airs and appearances of affluence-or influence, for that matter. You have the power to make the best of everything you have.
When we get caught up in putting on airs appearances, or facades, we find ourselves on a vicious treadmill that begins to run faster and faster, and careen out of control. We end up face down in the dirt, humiliated, dejected, and often rejected. Lies catch up with us. By the time it’s all over, we may be buried neck deep or in over our heads under debt, anxiety, depression; all kinds of consequences that are very difficult and very painful for us to face. That’s all the result of pride; the pride of life. (1 John 2:16, Mark 4:19) Jesus told us not to worry about food and clothing, meaning worrying to excess, being anxious and stressed about them. (Matt. 6:25) God knows what we need, even before we do, and He provides richly and gladly.
Love you from Cafe du Mondieu Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, April 9, 2019, 12:33 p.m.